The care of children, by children: Forced Displacement and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

Crafter, S. and Rosen, R. (2016). The care of children, by children: Forced Displacement and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). UCL UNICEF Panel Discussion: Children in Crisis.

Abstract

The past few years have borne witness to the largest migration ever recorded, with over 59.5 million people forcibly displaced by war, conflict, and persecution in 2014 alone. Children make up a significant portion of those on the move, whether on their own or with other family members, and in some regions account for close to 40% of all those seeking refuge. England is among those countries which child migrants seek sanctuary, evidenced by the nearly 700 children in the unofficial refugee camp in Calais, France, and the increasing numbers of children seeking asylum in the UK. 2015 saw a 56% rise in applications from unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), with 3,043 applications submitted in total, figures which do not include those children seeking asylum as dependents or who are irregular/undocumented. Through some funding from the UCL Global Engagement Fund we had the opportunity to make contact with third sector organisations, and in particular, the Unofficial Women and Children?s Centre in the refugee camp in Calais. This presentation discusses some of the emergent themes from this study and key issues for unaccompanied refugee minors.

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